Cedar Breaks National Monument

IMG_5155Cedar Breaks National Monument is a located in the state of Utah near Cedar City. Cedar Breaks is a natural amphitheater, stretching across 3 miles, with a depth of over 2,000 feet.

This is a small but interesting place. It somewhat reminds me of a mini Bryce Canyon, and I overheard someone else say this too. It is difficult to get there and further off I-15 than I realized. We made the mistake of trying to get there in what turned out to be the back way via Parowan. The road involved hair raising turns and curves. I asked the Park Ranger when we finally arrived if there was another way out. He advised us to go through Cedar City. We did on the way back and it was a much easier drive.

The canyon is georgeous to behold, of course. Mo was a bit ticked off at me for wanting to go there with roads that were so perilous and under construction to boot, but when we finally arrived and he saw how beautiful it is, he got over it. There is a campground there and some hiking trails as well as scenic overlooks. Since we are not camping people, we stayed a short time and moved on. As with so many of these national treasures, there is never enough time.

Leaving the overlook area, we encountered the largest herd of sheep I have ever seen with part of the flock wandering across the road and stopping traffic. I tried to take a picture, but they were pretty fast for sheep. I told Mo, “I hope we don’t fall asleep,” and tried not to count sheep as they crossed the road.


About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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